The Dutch Network for Addiction Care, an umbrella organization for various organizations dealing with addiction, is joining a major lawsuit against the tobacco industry. "The cigarette is a criminal product and all 'dealers' must be dealt with. This product is so harmful. It's unbelievable that it is just in the supermarket", spokesperson Robert van de Graaf of the network said to AD.
The Antoni van Leeuwenhoek Hospital in Amsterdam filed a lawsuit against the four large tobacco factories in the Netherlands, accusing them of aggravated assault with death as result. According to the hospital, the fight against cancer is a losing battle as long as the tobacco industry continues to deliberately get people addicted, AD reports.
Dutch charities are benefiting greatly from the growing economy. Thanks in part to large donations from estates, the 25 largest Dutch charities raised a total of 822 million euros last year, an increase of 13 percent compared to 2015, the Volkskrant reports based on its annual charity survey.
Cancer fund KWF is still the largest charity in the Netherlands, raising 119 million euros last year. In 2015 the KWF raised 116.9 million euros. Hartsticthing and the Oranjefonds came second and third with 53 million and 52.8 million euros respectively.
A number of advertisers are pulling their ads from controversial Dutch sites Dumpert and GeenStijl, following accusations of sexism. Both sites belong to the Telegraaf Media Group, NOS reports.
Dutch cancer fighting association KWF is suing four major tobacco companies for aggravated assault resulting in death and forgery. According to the association, the tobacco companies deliberately incorrectly inform smokers about the damage smoking actually causes, AD reports.
KWF is filing charges against the largest tobacco manufacturers in the world - Imperial Tobacco Benelux, British American Tobacco, Philip Morris and Japan Tobacco International.
Dutch cancer association KWF granted 49.5 million euros to 88 new cancer research projects, the association announced. According to KWF, the grants were spread to "research over the entire width of the fight against cancer", NU.nl reports.
The projects receiving grants focus on research in various stages of cancer.
Ten health organizations have written an urgent letter to the cabinet asking them not to increase the tax on bottled water. According to them, this tax increase is directly opposed to the Ministry of Public Health's prevention policy of making the healthy choice the easy choice.
The majority of Dutch citizens - 57 percent - want cigarettes to not be visible in stores, according to a survey by TNS NIPO. Store owners are already required to keep tobacco out of sight in Canada, Ireland and England.
KWF (Dutch Cancer Society) provides psychological researchers from the University Medical Center Groningen (UMCG) with a grant of 1.1 million euros for research on mindfulness and behavioral therapy in cancer patients with depression. The research should lead to a tailored, personal advice for cancer patients.
The KWF foundation against cancer wants cigarette packs in the Netherlands to all have the same brown-green color. Packets should no longer carry brand symbols, but large health warnings instead, according to KWF.
KWF, the Dutch cancer society, is adjusting the text on its website about investing in research. The organization notified the Central Bureau on Fundraising (CBF) of this measure, says CBF director Adri Kemps.